Congratulations, Maud Newton

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8 October 2009

Talking with a fellow The Millions contributor today about the conflict between blog-writing and fiction-writing — i.e. the competition for both time and head space — it occurred to me just how wonderful and admirable is Maud Newton‘s recent garnering of the Narrative Magazine Annual Fiction Prize.

The ability to seek out, ingest, and aggregate volumes of literary/cultural news and book criticism; to read and read and read, both for pleasure and in order to write short essays and reviews of her own on a regular basis; and to continue to write her own fiction… this is huber-literary-capacity indeed.

In my book, Ms. Newton bowls in same league as another huber-literary-pilgrim, Ken Chen — who somewhat single-handedly runs an extremely active nonprofit organization, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and who is the recipient of this year’s Yale Younger Poets‘ prize.

Bravo, bravo, bravo.

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